Tune In Tonight: ‘Shrinks’ hurt more than they help
March 4, 2013
The doctors’ creed, “first, do no harm,” should apply to their reputations as well. The new Bravo series “LA Shrinks” (9 p.m.) puts three glossy, photogenic therapists on the couch as they discuss their career and relationship woes with their own analysts.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Vikings’ mingles facts and myths
March 3, 2013
Mingling the magical and factual on an epic scale, History Channel’s “Vikings” at times resembles a pared-down, less baffling version of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
Tune In Tonight: Series shows high school’s turnaround
March 2, 2013
The six-part documentary series “Blackboard Wars” (9 p.m. Saturday, OWN) follows a new superintendent, principal and faculty as they try to turn around the worst performing high school in New Orleans.
Tune In Tonight: Note to NBC—air reruns!
March 1, 2013
“Gold Rush” (7 p.m., Discovery) ends its third season with the three teams finding (spoiler alert!) gold. The end of moose season does not end quite so successfully on “Yukon Men” (8 p.m., Discovery). But the moose might be OK with that. The antics on “Bering Sea Gold” (9 p.m., Discovery) include a joke gone awry and the need for a new dredger.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Parade’ ends memorably
February 28, 2013
The war heats up as “Parade’s End” (8 p.m., HBO, part five of five) concludes. This extraordinary hour features harrowing trench battle scenes and depictions of the bravery, confusion and fear of men mired in mud and subject to unceasing bombardment. It’s quite remarkable.
Tune In Tonight: Viewers cool to new series
February 25, 2013
Is this the winter of our discontent? If you’re running a network and launching new shows, you might think so.
Tune In Tonight: MacFarlane takes turn at Oscars
February 24, 2013
It’s official. Seth MacFarlane is now big enough to compete against himself. Fans have a choice between watching him host the Oscars (7:30 p.m. Sunday, ABC) or watching repeats of his creations “The Cleveland Show,” ‘‘Family Guy” and “American Dad” on Fox. It’s a little like when the Emmys ask fans of “Homeland” to choose between watching the show, or watching it win awards. The major difference being that “Homeland” is actually worth watching.
Tune In Tonight: Riverses run dry
February 23, 2013
“Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” (8 p.m. Saturday, WE) enters its third season with Melissa mulling the possible end to her relationship with a wealthy pornographer and Joan beginning a budding friendship with an unattached lesbian. For all of its obvious “outrageousness,” this show breaks little new ground in the fading-celebrity reality genre. There’s about 10 minutes of “drama” in this hourlong ordeal.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Adventure Time’ sweet and strange
February 18, 2013
Aggressively bizarre, yet undeniably sweet, “Adventure Time” (6:30 p.m., Cartoon Network) mixes the kind of hallucinogenic shape-shifting found in “stoner” cartoons with an innocent “My Little Pony” sensibility. It also features strange self-contained fairy tales, or in the case of tonight’s “Adventure,” stories within stories, retold and re-edited by their narrator as they continue.
Tune In Tonight: A double dose of Beyonce
February 16, 2013
As noted Friday, HBO and Showtime offer rival documentaries about music superstars. “Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream” (8 p.m. Saturday, HBO) mixes interviews with the pop star with performance footage past and present. Much like “History of the Eagles” (7 p.m. Saturday, Showtime), it features “intimate” insights larded with glittering generalities and undercut by the slick atmospherics of public relations.
Tune In Tonight: Showtime soars with the Eagles
February 15, 2013
Love them or hate them, the Eagles remain one of the most popular and influential bands of the past half-century. Over two nights, Showtime will broadcast “History of the Eagles” (7 p.m., concludes 7 p.m. Saturday), produced by Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”).
Tune In Tonight: ‘Zero Hour’ does not add up
February 14, 2013
It’s never good when a show’s title appears to predict its ratings. Anthony Edwards (“ER”) stars in the head-scratcher “Zero Hour” (7 p.m., ABC). He’s Hank Galliston, a Brooklyn debunker and editor of Modern Skeptic, a monthly magazine dedicated to combating dumb myths and legends lapped up by a gullible public.
Tune In Tonight: Grammys hope for big crowd
February 10, 2013
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards (7 p.m. Sunday, CBS) will have a hard time topping the 54th. Last year, it reached more than 39 million viewers, its second-largest audience ever and the most since Michael Jackson moonwalked away with most of the awards at the 1984 ceremony.
Tune In Tonight: NBC comes up short
February 9, 2013
I’m worried about NBC. Like a mixed-up teenager who won’t come out of his room, the once proud network seems to want to disappear. Or just give up. I’m almost expecting to find the NBC Peacock on the back of milk cartons.
Tune In Tonight: Job hunt becomes reality show
February 8, 2013
It had to happen. In fact, why did it take so long for network television to turn chronic unemployment and widespread misery into an excuse for a game show?